In early fall, the Department of Education and the Boyer Center co-host a reception honoring the winners of the Ethel Brandt Bigham Endowed Education Award, the Ernest L. Boyer Sr. Teaching Scholarship, the Terry L. Stoudnour Endowed Education Award, and the Suzanne Joy Johnson Endowed Scholarship. Details about these scholarships can be found on our Scholarship page. The Fall of 2011 event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15, 4-5 p.m. in Boyer 131 and Howe Atrium.
Fall Educational Research Forum
The Fall Educational Research Forum highlights the research interests of one of our faculty members or alumni. The research forum is open to the public, and frequently, local school officials will be invited to join us for the discussion. The topic of the Fall 2011 Research Forum is The Jacket Museum.
Melissa Deibler, a teacher in the Mechanicsburg Area School District and Messiah College alum, will present findings from her action research. Her study developed from a dilemma she experienced in her first year of teaching: how to implement an expository writing unit in her second grade classroom During the forum, Melissa will present her findings as well as various stage, photographs, and data collected during her second graders’ process to create and manage The Dust Jacket Museum.
Past forums have included:
Spring Educational Research Forum
The Spring Educational Research Forum typically features a guest lecture on a topic relevant to education. Speakers have included:
Farewell and Commissioning Service
Every spring the Department of Education holds a Farewell and Commissioning Service for its graduating seniors. Come for an inspiring evening as we celebrate God’s goodness and challenge this year’s Department of Education graduates to live lives of purpose as they leave Messiah. April 2, 2012, 7 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel.
Department of Education alumni, students, their friends and family and cooperating teachers are invited to attend. The service includes scripture reading, prayer, a brief meditation usually given by a Department graduate, musical performances by local school groups, a commissioning litany, and the presentation of lapel pins to the graduates. The lapel pin challenges and reminds graduates to continue to learn, serve, and care through their work as teachers. A reception and time of fellowship follows the service.